from the wild blue yonder

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wild blue flax
Linum lewisii
Linaceae

  • USUALLY 18' tall/wide

  • BLUE FLOWERS spring into summer

  • regular to moderate water (low to terrace zone)

  • FULL SUN TO PART SHADE

  • HARDY TO ABOUT -30°F

  • NECTAR PLANT FOR native bees, BUTTERFLIES AND a larval host for the owlet moth

This wonderful little perennial has a brilliant blue flower that emerges in spring and continues until about August. The flowers of wild blue flax (Linum lewisii) appear atop stems rising from a rosette with spirally-arrange lanceolate leaves. Though it is a short-lived perennial (about 2-3 years), it reseeds readily in the garden. It's a nice perennial to blend in with native grasses. 

Grow in full to part sun with moderate water. This species is hardy to -30°F. 

Found on slopes and in open meadows from 3,500-11,500 ft throughout North America and Mexico. The flowers are specially attractive to native bees. The plant is a larval host to the owlet moth. 

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Katherine Gierlach